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NHL assistant coach hosts hockey camp at Whitestown arena

By By JASON POWLES

WHITESTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Bob Woods wanted to give back. So this summer, for the first time, he started a youth hockey camp at the Whitestown arena.

He played for the Utica Devils in the late 80's and early 90's and is currently an assistant hockey coach for the Washington Capitals. His wife has family in the Utica area and he visits every summer. This year he decided to give back by starting a camp. "The biggest thing right now you work on the fundamentals." says Woods. "Kids at this age develop their skills and maybe you can find some kids with the passion to see where hockey can take them and if you can help them along the way...that's what we are trying to do."

The Capitals finished the 2009-2010 regular season with the best record in the league and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They did lose in the first round to the Montreal Canadiens. Bob's coaching future is bright and he is not ruling out a job as the top man down the road. "That's the goal. You want to be a head coach. Now I'm with a great organization. Anytime you can go out and spend a day with an Alex Ovechkin or a Mike Green, its pretty special. I'm at the peek where I want to be. If I can get some more experience here, hopefully a head coaching job is in the future."

 

 

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